To ensure safety of our players, R35 has established following policy for goal use during practices, games and any other planned AYSO activities. Please read and understand the following policy. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the safety director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AYSO REGION 35 - SOCCER GOAL SAFETY AND EDUCATION POLICY
1. Goals need to be anchored properly using stakes at all times. If the goal is not anchored down properly, DO NOT USE IT. Please contact your equipment manager if you need stakes.
2. After the practice ends, store the goal away in the assigned location and lock it using the chain/combo lock provided. Do NOT leave the goal on the field under any circumstances.
3. Do not allow your players to play, climb or hang on any part of the goal, even while anchored down.
4. Do not ask or allow young players to move or carry the goals. Only coaches, parents and older players should move the goals.
4. Inform the safety director (email@example.com) immediately if you see any issues with the goals (rusted, jagged, sharp points or edges etc.)
Current Status of goals
Hello Coaches and Assistant Coaches,
Welcome to our AYSO Soccer Season. First of all, THANK YOU very much for signing up and volunteering your time to coach our young players. Like ours we know that your time is precious especially here in the valley, but we also know that the enjoyment and satisfaction that you'll have working with our youth will be totally worth it. There are many important volunteer roles in AYSO but without you guys stepping up and helping out, our kids simply wouldn't get to play and enjoy the game, so again thank you very much.
This email will hopefully explain what you have to do before you take to the field with our kids. CupAYSO will be sending regular updates on other topics and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to seek out and get whatever assistance you need, but we absolutely have to have you all authorized to take the field before we have you work directly with our kids. So please take a couple of minutes to read through the rest of this email and then find some time on your schedules to take the appropriate action.
1. Confirmation that you will indeed be a coach or assistant coach for our kids this season.
2. Volunteer Forms.
3. Safe Haven Training.
Every Coach/Assistant Coach must complete AYSO Safe Haven Training. This training not only teaches you about working with young adults, it also provides guidance and education relating to injury prevention and what to do in the event of a player getting injured. The other valuable aspect of this certification is that it protects you from liability under the Volunteer Protection Act (as long as you are fully certified for the job that you are performing and as long as you are adhering to the policies and guidelines of AYSO).
You only need to complete this course once in your coaching career, so if you've already taken it you do not need to take it again.
4. Coach Certification.
Please feel free to contact if you have any questions on any of this. I'll be more than happy to help you out whatever way possible. Also, all of these items are tracked in the ayso database and attached to your volunteer record but, honestly, it is a big hassle for me to monitor so please take the responsibility on yourself to get these forms and certifications in place, that way it will allow me to spend more time helping you to get ready to take the field instead of running around chasing administrative stuff. I hope you understand ;)
Thanks again for volunteering, I'm sure that we're going to have a fantastic and very rewarding season.
All CupAYSO Volunteers
Here is a note of clarification from Rex (our Ref Admin) regarding players who wear ear rings.
It is NEVER okay to wear any jewelry during soccer, practice or game. The AYSO Safe Haven training is very specific on this matter.
A soccer ball moves very fast, and a ball strike on the ear can either tear the ear, or the stud can scratch/be poked into the neck area. Either one makes a really bloody (and painful) mess, and you'd never want that to happen on your watch.
And reassure your parents, holes do not close up in one or two hours, so just take them out for the duration of the game or practice and put them back in. If they refuse, they will be asked to just sit out that game/practice/week. Period. All of the referees have also been instructed to be very strict on this, and yes, I know parents will tell you it's not a big deal, but AYSO is very strict on this. (See for example the AYSO Guidance to Refs, Coaches, and Volunteers).
The only jewelry allowed during play is a Medic-alert bracelet, which must be taped down so that a finger can't get under it (to get hurt) but so that the alert is still viewable.
For some religious items, such as prayer strings, if not removeable these must be secured with tape so that a finger cannot get under them.
Oh, one more thing for the legally minded. The Volunteer Protection Act only protects you from liability when you are trained and follow that training. Protection with AYSO legal and Insurance coverage for our volunteers is only guaranteed when we follow our stated rules such as Safe Haven training rules. (I hate to bring that up, but sometimes that can be used to convince otherwise unconvinced parents)
Let's keep the game (and practices) Safe, Fair, and Fun, and see you on the pitch!
Region 35 Referee Administrator
Hey Coaches, first of all, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to each and every one of you for stepping up and coaching our kids this season. Hopefully all of you have seen your players make progress throughout the season and hopefully you can all look back at some point in the season where you brought a smile and a giggle to each player on your team. Well done and on behalf of our kids and your board, thank you!
Now comes the end of season plea! We need more help! I need more help! Please have a look through the following items and send me a response even if your answer is all no's so that I'll not be left wondering.
I need to know if you plan/do not plan on coaching again in the fall. If you're going to coach, then please let me know which division.
I need to know if you are interested in taking intermediate or advanced coaching during Golden Gate Camp (July 20/22 in Menlo Park).
I need to know if you are interested in becoming a Coach Instructor this summer (course will be at Golden Gate Camp).
I'd like to know if you are interested in helping out with other region level activities (coach mentor, coach admin, us soccer liaison, equipment manager, practice field coordinator, division management).
Finally, if you have constructive feedback that you'd like to share with me then feel free to drop me a line.
Thanks again coaches. Enjoy your last game of the season next weekend and have a great summer.
Thanks a lot to the 42 coaches who attended last night's coaches meeting. We reviewed the plans for the season, handed out team rosters and assigned practice fields. The slides from the meeting are posted on the "Coach Files" page on our website.
If you missed the meeting and need to get a hold of your player forms please contact your division manager (names and contact info is on the Board Info page on our website).
Coaches should now be contacting their players letting them know when practices will start.
Check back here for more info and/or follow me (@region35coach) on twitter.
U8+ Division Managers are working on team formation right now.
Mandatory Coaches Meeting (U5/U6 coaches need not attend) will be at the Union Church this Thursday night (7:30 to 9:30). Rosters will be finalized. Practice Fields will be assigned on a first come first served basis.
We held U6, U8 and U10 Coach Certification Classes in Cupertino yesterday and many Cupertino Coaches attended. Please check out the Region 35 Calendar for dates and times of all future classes in the Area.
Keep an eye on this part of our website for more info ... more templates (like intro email for new teams, parent meeting agenda, team volunteer positions, etc)
Tryouts will be held on Saturday January 7th from 2pm to 4pm at Kennedy Middle School. The following coaches have signed up to help out.
Brent, David Ha, Sayan Lahiri, Vinod Anupam
Milo C, Azam Rahman
Jerome Pereira, Milo C
Ganesh B, Kishore C
John K, Tom Pyle
Hey Coaches! We need to finalize the coaches for Spring PCSSL (U10 through U19). More info regarding PCSSL in our region can be found (here).
So far the following coaches have expressed interest but now is the time to commit.
Brent Haines, Jerome Pereira, Milo, Sayan Lahiri, David Ha, Ron Yu, Richard Charette, Me, Tom Pyle.
Drop me an email by the end of this weekend (Sunday night) if you are prepared to coach or assist a PCSSL team.
We'll follow up with all coaches next week and will figure out how to run the tryouts and pick the teams.
Well done to Coach Niki's team, The Zombies on taking third place in the U10 Boys division. This was a fantastic result. Big shout out to my own team, The Azzuri, for also coming third in the U14G division. Hopefully we'll get some more teams in to the Section Tournament next year and maybe we can even get a winner!